Residents and visitors will have a new means to explore Waxahachie, as work will soon begin to create the Little Creek Trail.

Waxahachie City Council members awarded the $2,905,840 contract to J&K Construction on Monday.

City Manager Michael Scott stated the project has been on the drawing board for some time. He noted the trail was initially set to run from Solon Road all the way to Brown Singleton Park on Farley Street but was scaled back due to being unable to secure some easements. He feels the revised trail will still provide a great amenity for residents.

The trail will still begin at Brown Singleton Park but will now end near Global High School on Indian Drive.

“We just looked and said 'is there a way we can pull it back and phase it.' This essentially is phase one of the trail. We are very excited about it,” Scott said. "Our downtown hike-and-bike trail is our number one park amenity in our parks system. We think that adding another trail in the mid-cities part of our town will be a welcomed amenity for joggers, walkers, and bikers.”

Scott stated Little Creek Trail connects several parts of town that include numerous parks, Global High School and the U.S. Highway 77 shopping corridor.

Little Creek Trail will start at Brown Singleton Park on Farley Street and run to Indian Drive at Global High School. The trail will travel about two miles and will be 10-foot wide. Its surface will be composed of stained concrete with either rock salt or slate texture.

Bob Stoffels, with Dunkin, Smis, Stoffels, Inc., has worked with the city to develop the project. His firm has completed projects for the cities of Highland Village and The Colony.

Some of the features of the trail include several pavilion areas, benches, bench shelters, concrete disc golf tee pads, trash cans, an exercise station, and water fountains.

There will be several arches that will feature the city’s seal, which will act as entry points to the trail along with signage. Additional parking will be added at Brown Singleton Park to accommodate the increased visitors. The project also calls for the complete reconstruction of the trail and erosion repair to be done in Chapman Park.

The Waxahachie Community Development Corporation is providing up to $3 million in funds for the project. The mission of the WCDC is to identify and fund projects for the civic center, the sports complex, and anything else that could enhance the quality of life for residents.

The J&K Excavation website states that the firm has completed projects for the cities of Italy, Hutchins, Lancaster, Ennis, Red Oak, and Corsicana. The company has done numerous street projects in the City of Waxahachie, as well. Some of the services the company offers include pre-construction, construction, excavation, utilities, and ready-mix concrete.

In other business, the council awarded the bid for Cole Creek Trunk Sewer Capital Improvement Project. The board approved blue Star Utility's bid of $2,647,148.70.

Assistant City Manager Tommy Ludwig told the council the project would construct 16,000 linear feet of 27-inch diameter gravity sewer line. The sewer line runs along Cole Creek from the existing South Mustang Creek Trunk Sewer Line to the Broadhead Lift Station. The project will allow for the decommissioning and abandonment of Broadhead Lift Station.

Ludwig stated the sewer system improvements would provide additional capacity for approximately 7,900 residential equivalent units.

The council also approved a contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates to provide professional engineering design services for corridor restorations of Clift and Flatt Streets and Kaufman Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to East Marvin Street,

The Kimley-Horn and Associates bid for Clift and Flatt Streets was $281,700, while the proposal for Kaufman Street was $362,000.

Scott stated the projects would provide necessary pedestrian and vehicle tie-ins from Waxahachie East into the downtown area and Railyard Park.

The council also awarded a bid for professional engineering design services for corridor restoration of Cumberland Road to Kimley-Horn and Associates for $250,000.